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Washing Machine is Noisy

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Los Angeles Washer & Dryer Service strive to give an diagnosis and estimate when you call for free. A noisy washing machine is often very difficult to diagnosis, however will do our best when you call. We would like to provide this general guide.

If a front load washing machine is rumbling, and very noisy on spin, the main suspect is the drum bearings. Drum bearing failure is common on many washing machines due to water getting into them if the drum bearing seal fails. (Whirlpool and Maytag in particular in our experience) To check for drum bearing failure you can take the belt off and spin the drum by hand. If the drum rumbles when spun then the bearings may have gone. There should be a constant rumble all the time the drum is revolving.

Another drum bearing failure symptom is excessive up and down play in the drum which can be checked for by lifting the drum up and down from the drum lip behind the door seal. A further symptom of drum bearing failure can be a brown rust patch underneath the washing machine and down the back of the outer drum, underneath the drum pulley (where the belt goes) although this patch is not always present.

Coins or other obstructions trapped inside the tub under the drum can make horrendous noises as they get tossed about on spin. They often don’t make the noise unless laundry is in though. Look out for obvious dints and creases in the drum itself as evidence of a coin or similar stuck inside although be aware that it only shows there’s been an obstruction in at some point and the coin could have fallen into the sump hose or filter and not actually be the cause of the noise at this time.

Other causes of a noisy washing machine are coins and other obstructions inside the water pump. This will cause noise when the washing machine is emptying the water. Coins or other obstructions can get trapped between the outer tub and the inner drum. This would produce a lot of noise on spin as the coins get tossed around inside. Often, spinning the drum by hand will not reproduce the noise in the case of coins because the coins drop to the bottom of the tub and lay flat when the washing machine isn’t spinning.

A light scraping or scratchy noise when the drum is turned by hand is commonly a bra wire trapped between the tub and drum. They can often be removed from underneath with the sump hose taken off. It’s always worth checking that the wire isn’t poking through one of the holes in the drum which can be pulled back out from inside the door. It’s rare, but I’ve retrieved 3 or 4 this way over the years.

A high pitched squealing or harsh noise can be motor bearing wear. This can also be checked for by taking the belt off and running the motor alone.

Sometimes a badly worn drive belt can cause a surprising amount of noise. I’ve even come across some where i was convinced the drum bearings were gone until I took off the belt and spun the drum by hand to find no noise. It was caused by the rubber degrading and the individual tracks (only on some belts) getting covered in melted rubber.

It’s very tempting to ignore noises while the washing machine is still otherwise working. Some noises can be ignored as they will not develop into serious faults. Other noises, if left, will cause extensive damage and can end up costing considerably more than if tackled early or these days writing the washing machine off.

Please do not ignore the a noisy washing machine, call Los Angeles Washer & Dryer Service.

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